It’s no secret to anybody that I love musicals. However I’ve always claimed that I don’t like movies where there’s hardly any talking and just singing but I do have a few exceptions. It depends on the songs themselves. This list is only going to contain movies and not stage shows, and I’m sure I’ve missed a ton but here goes nothing!
10. Oliver! (Carol Reed, 1968)
We did this play in primary school, the drama teacher from my future secondary school (which I didn’t know at the time) came in and got us to put on this show. I was absolutely desperate for the part of Dodgess (there was the usual Dodger and then a female version called Dodgess) but I didn’t get it, my friend Molly got it.
Because we put on the show I became a big fan of the movie and the soundtrack. I haven’t watched it in ages but I still listen to and sing some of the songs occasionally. I’d love to rewatch it now actually to see if I still love it as much as I did at the time. I might have to buy it on DVD.
Favourite Song: Oom Pah Pah
9. High School Musical (Kenny Ortega, 2006)
The movie that most teenagers pretended to dislike but now aren’t afraid to admit that they actually love. I don’t care how old I am, you’ll still find me belting out some High School Musical tunes. I loved both the sequels as well and went to watch the third one in cinemas when I was a teenager. I wouldn’t mind having a High School Musical night soon actually, watching all three of the movies and singing along. Luckily my friends also admit that they love the movies so we’re forever singing the songs and we’ve watched the movie together a couple of times. This film just never gets old!
Favourite Song: Bop to the Top
8. Chicago (Rob Marshall, 2002)
I’d heard so many good things about this movie and I loved the song ‘Cell Block Tango’ that when I came across a copy of the movie in a charity shop I didn’t hesitate to buy it. I watched it that same night and immediately fell in love with it even though the first time I watched it the storyline went over my head a little bit. I understand it now and love pretty much all of the songs from it.
I loved it so much that when the stage show came to Wolverhampton I immediately booked a ticket – but was ultimately disappointed. The amazing songs and cast were let down by an unimaginative design and costume, plus the choreography seemed quite lazy. When me and my Mum went to New York I thought it might be better on a Broadway stage but was mistaken. The film is still amazing though and one of my favourites.
Favourite Song: We Both Reached for the Gun
7. The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey, 2017)
For a while everybody loved this film and wouldn’t shut up about it but as with most films that become popular in a short space of time it then became the ‘in thing’ to dislike it. However I loved it – I’d been wanting to see it anyway but the lady who sits next to me at work told me she thought I’d love it and my friend Emma told me she’d loved it and wanted me to come see it with her again. So I went and instantly loved it. It’s just my kind of film.
I watched it again on the way to Japan and loved it all over again, it’s one of those films that would probably make me cry if I was watching it by myself. I just love pretty much everything about it and I’m not ashamed to admit that!
Favourite Song: Rewrite the Stars
6. Bugsy Malone (Alan Parker, 1976)
I found out about this musical when we did the show in Primary School. Our teacher put it on for us to watch and I quickly loved it. As I got older I sort of forgot about it until one day I found one of the songs in my recommendations on YouTube. I gave it a listen and immediately missed the movie so I went out and bought it on DVD to rewatch it – and ended up loving it all over again! It’s so funny and I love the storyline and pretty much all of the songs.
Favourite Song: Fat Sam’s Grand Slam
5. Little Shop of Horrors (Frank Oz, 1986)
This is another movie that I ended up loving due to performing it in Secondary School. We watched the film in like Year 8 and although I enjoyed it I didn’t think much else of it until our music teacher announced the 2013 play would be ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. As we were rehearsing I ended up loving the songs and the storyline. Most other people in my year complained that it was a depressing show for our last school performance (we were in year eleven so this was our last show) but I loved it.
I didn’t get a main part in that show, mainly because I didn’t audition for one, but I loved being a part of the chorus anyway. I’m a bit annoyed that I was put into chorus two because we were told that if we performed really well we could be bumped up to chorus one or equally if someone in chorus one wasn’t doing well they would be bumped down to two. I got compliments nearly every week that I was doing a good job while a girl in chorus one literally got yelled at to leave the stage and we both stayed within our own chorus’. Oh well, I got on well with the other girls in my chorus and I think we did a good job.
Due to my love of the songs I’ve ended up loving the movie as well. I haven’t actually watched it in a while and I’d love to give it another watch. I prefer the ending where the plants win because although it’s a more depressing ending my favourite song in the show was ‘Finale Ultimo (Don’t Feed the Plants)’. But the other ending is still good!
Favourite Song: Feed Me (Get It)
4. Annie (John Huston, 1982)
I don’t care what anybody says – this is one of my favourite musicals and I always put it on when I’m in a bad mood. It’s had a couple of remakes, both of which were good but I still don’t think they beat the original. I saw the stage show in London about a year ago and although I enjoyed it I still don’t think it was quite as good as the film.
I’ve loved this musical ever since I was a little kid and I don’t think I’ll ever dislike it, it’ll always be high on my list of favourites!
Favourite Song: It’s a Hard Knock Life
I still remember the first time I watched this – my Dad took me up town and bought me one CD, one book and one DVD and I asked for this film then made my Mom sit down and watch it with me. I don’t think I loved it at first watch because as a little kid the message kind of went over my head a little bit. But now that I’m older I love it.
I saw the stage show of this as well and wasn’t disappointed, although they’re different I still love them both. But the movie is a good one to throw on when I’m in a bad mood because it doesn’t fail to cheer me up. My favourite part is definitely when Inez is announced as the winner of Miss Hairspray. I want to rewatch this one as well now!
Favourite Song: Run and Tell That
2. Mamma Mia (Phyllida Lloyd, 2008)
For a while I wasn’t really a fan of this film. I just never watched it in school but I did listen to the soundtrack on YouTube and I loved that. Then one time when I was in London with my Mom I told her she could choose the show we went to see and she settled on ‘Mamma Mia’ and I ended up really enjoying it! So I decided I’d have to watch the film.
I decided to put it on one night when I was at home by myself and feeling a bit weird and unfortunately it turned out I was feeling weird because I was sick. Like throw-up sick. So that was my association with the movie, I got through the first hour or so and then spent the rest of it in my bathroom being sick.
When the sequel came out I went to the cinema with some friends and loved it. Becca and Hirst love the Mamma Mia movies too so when we had a sleepover we had a Mamma Mia night and watched both movies. Then we watched the sequel together again another time we both came over. Now we all love Mamma Mia and keep singing the songs to each other. I think I prefer the sequel a little bit more but wanted to put the first one on the list to make a bit neater. But both movies are great!
Favourite Song: Does Your Mother Know? (Or Angel Eyes from the sequel)
1. Into The Woods (Rob Marshall, 2015)
I’ll be truthful, I hadn’t seen any trailers or knew anything about this film except for the fact that Chris Pine was in it. I’m a huge Chris Pine fan and decided to go to the cinema to watch it just because he was in it. When it started and I realised it was a musical I was a bit uncertain but by the end I loved it and returned to the cinema a further five times to see it.
I love everything about it, the soundtrack is perfect so I didn’t think twice when I spotted a CD copy of it in HMV, I bought it straightaway. I’m not normally a fan of musicals where everything’s sang with little to no talking but ‘Into the Woods’ is my exception. Because I love pretty much every song it doesn’t feel like there are that many songs – when I bought the DVD me and Jess watched it for a singalong session and it really felt like there weren’t enough songs! This is definitely my favourite musical and I’d love to see a stage version of it one day.
Favourite Song: Your Fault
Well there we go, there’s my ten favourite musicals! Feel free to leave a comment with your favourites or any recommendations.